You can access most UNSW network services from off-campus using the UNSW VPN.

If you specifically need access inside CSE networks, you can connect to the CSE OpenVPN instead.


  • Install the Windows OpenVPN client from here (for your Windows version).
  • Download the config file and certificate from CSE. Save both files in: C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config
  • Set the OpenVPN GUI to always run as Administrator
    • Go to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\bin.
    • Right-click openvpn-gui.exe and select Properties.
    • On the Compatibility tab, click Run this program as an administrator.
    • Click OK
  • Run OpenVPN GUI the start menu.
  • Right-click the OpenVPN icon in the system tray, and click 'Connect'.
  • Enter your zID and zPass when prompted.


  • Install the OpenVPN client Tunnelblick
  • Download the certificate and configuration file from CSE. Save both files to your Downloads folder, as you will be importing them from within the client.
  • To install the configuration:
    • Double-click cse.opvn in your Downloads folder.
    • Choose to install for Only Me or for All users on your mac.
  • To connect, click the Tunnelblick icon in your menu bar, and select 'connect CSE' from the dropdown.


  • Install an OpenVPN client.
    apt-get install openvpn (or equivalent for your distribution)
  • Download certificate and config file from CSE. Put cacert.pem into /etc/openvpn and cse.ovpn into your home directory.
  • To start the service, run sudo /usr/sbin/openvpn --config $HOME/cse.ovpn
  • Enter your zID and zPass when prompted.


Instructions here

Setting up Multiple Connections

If you connect from two different computers using the same username, the first one will be disconnected when the second logs in.

To avoid this, you can add a suffix to your username when connecting to uniquely identify your connection.

For instance, you can log in as z1234567.desktop and z1234567.laptop to have both computers connected at the same time.

Last edited by jbc 26/09/2023

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